From: Phil Goetz (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Sep 08 2005 - 18:04:47 MDT
--- Joel Peter William Pitt <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> As far as I see it, when complex systems exhibit chaotic behaviour
> they have everything to do with chaos theory.
No - the term "chaotic behavior", in this context, simply means
random behavior, high-entropy behavior. It has nothing to do
with chaos theory. Perhaps I should say that they aren't
exhibiting Chaotic behavior. :)
> The dynamics on the "edge of chaos" or the "onset of chaos"
> have to do with theory and conjecture about phase transitions from
> order to chaos - not chaos theory.
That's what a large chunk of chaos theory is about - paths to chaos,
e.g., by period-doubling bifurcations.
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